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Bank of England Museum

1 Bartholomew Lane, London EC2N 2AX, England
+44 20 7601 5545
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Something from a bank for free!!

You can visit this museum for free and it is quite interesting with the history of the bank and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Glasgow, Scotland
Quick interesting visit

This museum offers a quick travel in the history of England's economy. It's all well showed and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank of England, tells the history of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to the present day. Its unique collections of coins, banknotes and artefacts are supplemented by audio-visual and interactive displays. Visitors can even handle a real gold bar! Exciting new displays and exhibits have been added to the permanent galleries following a period of renovation.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Bartholomew Lane, London EC2N 2AX, England
City of London
+44 20 7601 5545
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You can visit this museum for free and it is quite interesting with the history of the bank and also information about the famous people that appear on banknotes. You can also lift a gold bar , if you can 'cos it is very heavy....More

Thank Taxidevil
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum offers a quick travel in the history of England's economy. It's all well showed and it's nice to see how the money changed through the years. The visit doesn't take more than an hour, for sure worth a sight.

Thank Summ3rT1m3
Reviewed 6 days ago

Spending a few days in London and looking for something different we decided to learn the history of our banknotes. This museum was well set out, interesting, interectactive and enjoyable. Amazed at the famous authors who used to work at the bank, struggled to lift...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fascinating small & free Museum that tells you almost everything you need to know about this major financial institution and all things ancillary. The history of paper notes is shown, including demonstration of the new plastic notes and bimetallic one pound coin; you also get...More

Thank Iain W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a free museum this does a wonderful job. Items are beautifully displayed with many hands on exhibits including the "Can you pick up a real bar of gold" challenge. We especially loved the age appropriate quiz sheets going from Reception Year right up to...More

Thank Junie01
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was surprised on entering the museum there was no definition of money. Instead the focus of the museum was mainly on notes and coins, and the history of the bank. And to be fair, some of the exhibits are very good, in particular literature...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Clearly an interest in currency would be a good reason for a visit, but there is a lot more here. Learn about the history of the building, some of the people who have worked here and some of those who have featured on the notes....More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We needed to exchange some obsolete five pound notes and discovered this museum in the Bank of England building. It is a very decent museum starring the very old Bank of England and the currency of Great Britain, past and present. There are quality videos...More

Thank tricket
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this fascinating museum and much to our surprise entry was free. After an airport style security search we were able to look at the fascinating exhibits displayed in the fabulous surroundings. There was an enormous amount to see which was well displayed. We...More

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my dad and we absolutely loved the museum. We both have an interest in coins and currency so this was a great attraction to visit. Worth it for the gold bar you get to attempt to pick up!

Thank LilJessie94
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Good for silkworms Not so good for tourists 😉